Matt Burnett celebrates with family and supporters after a mayoral win. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Matt Burnett celebrates with family and supporters after a mayoral win. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

New councillors will work with old exec team: Burnett

SPECULATION a new council means a new Chief Executive Officer is misplaced, Matt Burnett says.

While our 'new mayor' hasn't spoken to council CEO Stuart Randle since Saturday night's landslide win, he says there's no reason the new councillors can't work with the old executive team.

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Parts of the five point mandate Matt Burnett took to the election mean major shifts in policy which include reducing infrastructure charges for small business and a rates freeze.

But implementing those policies doesn't necessarily mean changing the executive team.

"(I spoke to Stuart Randle) before the election and as long as he is willing to help me implement the changes I, and hopefully the rest of the council want to see, then there is no reason we can't work together," Mr Burnett said.

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Mr Randle says the outcome of the election has no bearing on the work of council officers and anyone who thinks so doesn't understand the way the council works.

He said from a policy perspective, anything was possible and cutting charges to one area of the community simply meant raising them in others.

"We (the officers) don't set the council agenda," Mr Randle said.

"We implement the policy of the councillors and if the policy changes, we implement the new policy. Every time we go into a meeting there's a chance there will be a new direction.

"But first of all, the new councillors need to agree and when they reach a consensus, we as officers will be more than happy to comply.

"We don't need a magic wand to make it happen .

"I think the poeple asking those questions don't understand how the council works."



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